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Applications to Research and Practice


  • Joyce J. Fitzpatrick PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
  • Geraldine McCarthy PhD, MSN, MEd, DipN, RNYT, RGN, Fellow RCSI

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This DNP and PhD doctoral-level nursing text delivers analyses of 30 core concepts that define nursing theory, research, education, and professionalpractice. Grounded in the concept analysis framework developed by Walker and Avant, this book clearly demonstrates how concepts are used to build theory,support research, and improve education and professional practice. Designed to facilitate practical applications of concept analysis methodology, allchapters provide an explicit description of each concept and a consistent framework for its analysis. Additionally, a diagrammatic representation ofcharacteristics across concepts allows readers to make comparisons and ultimately to build on the text’s knowledge base.

Expert authors from clinical and research disciplines focus on the core of nursing—the nurse–patient relationship—grouping material into the categories ofpatient/client-focused concepts, career-focused concepts, and organizational/systems-focused concepts. Within these groups, the book addresses suchcontemporary themes as hope, postpartum depression, resilience, self-care, cultural competence, and many others. With its expansive descriptions andanalyses of key nursing concepts within a consistent framework, the book will help nurse scholars to develop a sophisticated analytic ability and providegraduate nursing students with a foundation for developing a DNP capstone or PhD research project.


  • Offers in-depth description and analyses of 30 core concepts relevant to nursing and related disciplines
  • Provides a consistent analytical framework throughout
  • Demonstrates a highly practical application of concept analysis methodology
  • Includes diagrams of characteristics across concepts for comparison
  • Authored by renowned scholars and practitioners

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 21, 2016
  • Page Count 328
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826126771

About The Author(s) 

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FNAP, is Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was dean from 1982 through 1997. She is also adjunct professor, Department of Geriatrics, Ichan School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Georgetown University), an MS in psychiatric & mental health nursing (The Ohio State University), a PhD in nursing (New York University), and an MBA (CWRU). In 1990, Dr. Fitzpatrick received an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Georgetown University. In 2011, she received an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Frontier University of Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky. She was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) (1981) and a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice (1996).

She received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award 20 times; the Midwest Nursing Research Society Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award; The Ohio State University Distinguished Alumna Award; Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Founders Award for Excellence in Nursing Research; and New York University Division of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award. In 1994 & 1995 she was the AAN/American Nurses Foundation (ANF)/ Institute of Medicine Distinguished Scholar, and in 1995 she was a Primary Care Fellow through the Bureau of Health Professions. Dr. Fitzpatrick received the ANF Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Science Award for sustained commitment and contributions to development of the discipline (2002). Recent awards include STTI Lucie Kelly Mentor Award (2003); STTI Founders Award for Leadership (2005); Fulbright Scholar at University College Cork, Cork, Ireland (2007-2008); Midwest Nursing Research Society Lifetime Achievement Award (2010); INANE Editors Award (2013); and STTI Research Hall of Fame Induction (2014). In 2016 she was named a Living Legend of the AAN.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is widely published in nursing and health care literature with over 300 publications, including more than 80 authored/edited books. She served as co-editor of the Annual Review of Nursing Research series, vols. 1-26, and she currently edits the journals Applied Nursing Research, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing Education Perspectives, the official journal of the National League for Nursing. She edited three editions of the classic Encyclopedia of Nursing Research.

Geraldine McCarthy, PhD, MSN, MEd, DipN, RNT, RGN, Fellow RCSI,

is emeritus professor of nursing at the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery at University College Cork (UCC) and Chair of the South/South West Acute Hospital Group, which comprises nine hospitals in the south of Ireland. Prior to this, she was founding professor and dean of the nursing school at UCC, and held the post of head of the UCC College of Medicine and Health, providing strategic leadership in research and educational programs in medicine, dentistry, therapies, pharmacy, nursing, and midwifery. She has also held a variety of other positions in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. She holds an MEd from Trinity College Dublin, and MSN and PhD degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a member of a number of national and European bodies and her ministerial appointments include one to the Fulbright Commission. She has been the editor/author of a number of books and continually contributes to nursing publications.

Table of Contents 





1 . Concept Analysis

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick and Geraldine McCarthy

2 . Elder Self-Neglect

Mary Rose Day

3 . Exercise Adherence

Kari Gali

4 . Hardiness in Stroke

Irene Hartigan

5 . Help-Seeking Behavior for Breast Cancer Symptoms

Máirín O’Mahony

6 . Hope in Mental Health Recovery

Joan Murphy and Moira O’Donovan

7 . Meaning in Life

Elizabeth Weathers

8 . Medication Habits

Serena M. Fitzgerald and Elaine Lehane

9 . Motivation

Teresa Wills

10 . Parental Concern

Helen Mulcahy

11 . Patient Engagement

Rosemary Ventura

12 . Quality of Life

Corazon B. Cajulis, Linda Ahn, Colleen DeBoer, and Denise O’Dea

13 . Self-Care Strategies

Margaret G. Landers

14 . Self-Motivation

Aliza Bitton Ben-Zacharia

15 . Stigmatization

Donald Gardenier


16 . Anxiety

Catrina Heffernan

17 . Caregiver Burden in Mental Illness

Zamzaliza A. Mulud

18 . Clinical Autonomy

Patrick Cotter

19 . Compassion Fatigue

Mary T. Quinn Griffin and Ernesto P. Mir

20 . Cultural Competence

Karen Bauce

21 . Decision Making by Nurse Managers

Mary T. Quinn Griffin, Deborah J. Stilgenbauer, and Germaine Nelson

22 . Emotional Intelligence

Patricia Prufeta and Lauraine Spano-Szekely

23 . Empathy

Bertha Ku

24 . Interprofessional Collaboration

Miriam Bell

25 . Mindfulness

Jill Matthes

26 . Nurse Manager Accountability

Mary E. Quinn and Mary T. Quinn Griffin

27 . Social Support for New Mothers

Patricia Leahy-Warren

28 . Resilience

Mary Joy Garcia-Dia and Deirdre O’Flaherty

29 . Triage Nurse Expertise

Alice Corbett and Mary T. Quinn Griffin


30 . Nurse Workarounds

Margaret A. Harris

31 . Organizational Commitment

Janet H. Johnson

32 . Teamwork

Siobhan Sundel and Sapina Kirpalani

33 . Transformational Leadership

Bernadette Khan

34 . Work Engagement

Jennifer Siller

35 . Summary and Conclusions

Geraldine McCarthy and Joyce J. Fitzpatrick